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. people want to travel in things like that. a lot of people have not been out of the united states. i consider myself more of a spiritual person that i do political. i am more concerned with the truth, more concerned with white people will not adhere to it and why they see themselves as us against them. i used to think that we were the ones that came up with that. we did not start a lot of these wars. we do not want to go to them. tavis: in 2009 he had released three new projects all the same time. we spent two nights>> for more prince.ion with he spoke publicly about his bouts with epilepsy and how that shaped his life. >> i am in a celebration. i am thankful to be alive. i am thankful to have the friends and teachers that i do. i have spent the last year just playing when i feel like it and i really look forward to this time in my life. i happened to come across that show, "unforgivable blackness," the story moved me. he had to do with insurmountable odds all the time. if he would knock somebody down, people in the audience would get into the ring and pi r him back up. to continue
to be the united states. tavis: where? >> i got a visa from the university of new mexico. i flew with a dollars in traveler's checks in my pocket. when i landed, i was $5 short for my ticket. an american man behind me gave the $5. that was my first impression of america. that people are generous and helpful here. tavis: the extra $5 got you to new mexico. >> right. tavis: but when you get here, your english is not so good. >> yes, i tried to learn more, but i could not remember anything. tavis: so you soldiered to new mexico. it is one thing when you do not have any money, but you cannot speak the language. when you get to new mexico, how do you navigate your way through? how do you make this work? >> all right, first, i studied english as a second language. the connections to the homeland, i knew i could not go back. i knew i had to stay here. i stayed with my english teacher so that i could learn more english quickly, and then i observed that my english teacher could not find a job with a ph.d. in literature. tavis: that is not funny, but it is. >> so i thought i was going to study comparativ
term as president of these united states. we're glad you joined us on the 10th anniversary of this program, a look back at our conversations with barack obama coming up right now. >> there is a saying that dr. king had that said there is right thing. i just try to live my life every day by doing the right thing. we know that we are only halfway to completely eliminate hunger, walmart committed $2 billion to fighting hunger in the u.s. stamp hunger out. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> barack obama was a little- known state senator from an aillinois. the third african-american in the u.s. senate. i spoke to him after his great victory in illinois at a time when most people knew him as a skinny kid with a funny name from the south side of chicago. the phrase you have been accustomed to using, the skinny kid with a funny name from the south side of chicago. beyond that issue, how did you get beyond getting beyonpeople o vote for a guy whose name they could not renounce? >> they still screw it up sometimes. the call me alabama or
." the undersecretary of the united nations said to him, "martin, if the state it -- if the state of alabama is against yours, who do you think they will believe?" tavis: i want to be respectful, but i want to find a way to ask this question. any number of comedians -- we have all seen any number of comedians step to the stage and make the joke about how they cannot understand how coretta scott king would not get remarried after martin king. how do you follow up martin luther king jr.? who are you going to get with? what do you do after dr. king? on a serious note, i wonder why or whether or not it was a conscious decision for you cannot remarry after all these years? >> let me just say, why are you not married? [laughter] [applause] tavis: that is a good question. she is good. >> and you don't have the answer. tavis: i thought we were friends. >> let me just say that what people would not realize, i married martin luther king jr., who learned to love -- it was not love at first sight. because he was such an extraordinary human being and our values were so similar and our outlooks were so much alike, w
outside the united states, someone who continues to inspire people on issues of human rights and democracy. so that was my goal in terms of writing this book, trying to say, here is my experience. maybe that will help you understand more about martin luther king, who he really was, not just this figure that we celebrate every year, but a real, living human being with all his flaws and limitations. that is what i wanted to present readers. tavis: he is the person selected by the late great coretta scott king to be the editor of the papers of her husband. his new book is called "martin's dream." clayborne carson, an honor to have you on this program. i am grateful and indebted for your work, to bring his words to us through the papers project. i hope to see you sometime soon. >> good to talk to you, as always. tavis: that is our show tonight. see you back here next time on pbs. until then, happy king day. as always, keep the faith. >> for more information on today's show, visit tavis smiley at pbs.org. tavis: hi, i'm tavis smiley. join me next time for a conversation with -- from washington
their child to be the president of the united states, to be a lawyer, to be a doctor, and they want the best education. they want a safe, affordable home to live in, and the women we work with are investing so much in their children. they are having to trade off for whether they are keeping the lights on or paying for food. that is unconscionable, and i think all of us can expect more. what we need to do is make sure low income women are included. the women i spoke with our genius. they are brilliant. they are fantastic entrepreneurs. they are wise, and they are stronger than any of us on the stage. it is a brain trust we are not utilizing. we need to make sure low income people are part of the national dialogue and being listened to in congress not just as special interest lobbyists. we need people taken seriously as national experts. >> i sit on the agriculture committee, which is a committee with jurisdiction of food stamps. we just passed of foreign bill where my colleagues voted to cut food stamp spice $16.5 billion -- by $16.5 billion, and i voted against it because i thought it was ou
art under this president -- when george bush became president of the united states, 17 million people were in poverty. when he left, 30 million people were in poverty. that does not include them going into the ditch that we went into as he was leaving office. this has been a problem for a very long time. i think what we have to understand is you cannot just cut and constrict government. when you do, it goes all the way down the pipeline. it is not a cut -- is a shift. when you start cutting at the local, state, and county levels, you create a bigger problem than you think you have solved. it is all a game -- tavis: i have one more person to get involved -- let me ask for a follow-up. you accurately laid out what happened to poverty and the bush and ministration, and then stopped, as if we stopped than. when barack obama was elected -- poverty numbers continue to get worse. on barack obama -- put the facts on the table. they kept getting worse under barack obama -- sachs writes about this. demonize,ing this to but i'm wondering how is your mind that poverty gets made a priority, whethe
for the united states of america. >> do we choose to be born? are we fitted into the times we're born into? >> you may be. tavis: i think i'm gonna use the word "myth." there is a myth or certainly there is a narrative that we've wrestled with for years about who mary todd lincoln was. clearly, she was grief- stricken, but what was the challenge to you to portray her in the way that is what the film called for versus what we have heard and thought about molly? >> well, i had to go in without any preconceived ideas of anything that i might have thought she was. since i had been sort of looking at her for so many years, i had less preconceived ideas than maybe most people. i read five biographies on her, so it was really piecing together her psychology of why she behaved the way she did and some of the documented things that we know that she behaved certain ways. the task is then what the task is. you take tony kushner's magnificent complicated screenplay and you put all those pieces together of all the research i had done, the interior and the exterior. i gained 25 pounds to try to, you kno
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